Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Psalm 32:5 (NIV)
In his book “Crimes, Constables, and Courts: Order and Transgression in a Canadian City, 1816-1970, historian John C. Weaver, using Hamilton, Ontario as his model, makes extensive use of newspaper accounts and police, court, and jail records in a revealing exploration of individual crime cases and overall trends in crime. Tracing the origin and evolution of courts, juries, police, and punishments, Weaver takes into account various social and cultural issues.
I love sports, but I’ve noticed that no matter which sport it is, there is no grace. Every sport has some sort of judge – an umpire in baseball, a referee in hockey, football or basketball. They never let a player get away with any infraction and the justice is meted out instantly. In hockey, you are even sent to the “sin bin”. I’m so grateful that God doesn’t judge so harshly and so immediately. Listen to what the Psalmist writes in Psalm 32:5: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” What David is speaking about here is grace. Thankfully, every time we sin God doesn’t raise His arm, blow a whistle, and give us a penalty. Being a God of justice, He has every right to do so. Instead, when we acknowledge our sin and confess our transgression, through Jesus’ death on the cross we are forgiven. God immediately offers His grace and we are set free from the punishment we deserve. Jesus has already served our penalty, and in life and eternity we get to play on. Acknowledge your sin to Jesus and experience His forgiveness. I’m Bob Beasley and these have been words from the heart.
These have been words from the heart.